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Madhavan makes his move

Madhavan talks about his role in the forthcoming film `Anbe Sivam' and his future projects.



SUCCESSFUL RUN: With Shalini.

A METEORIC rise is what every upcoming actor aspires. Very few dreams and aspirations materialise quickly.

R Madhavan is one of those who has risen like a meteor to flash brightly through the `cinematic sky' in a short period of two and a half years. From Alai Payuthe to Run his career graph indicates more hits than flops.

Donning a change of role from his `lover-boy' image to an action one, Madhavan tasted success with Run in a year where the film industry in general has seen a rough patch.

His latest film Anbe Sivam with Kamal Hassan is due for release on January 15.

Talking about his role in the film in a telephonic conversation (incidentally he was shooting at Ooty) Madhavan says "I play this ad executive who is caught at Bhubaneswar and has to find his way his way back to Chennai. All the flights are cancelled. Somehow I have to get back within a stipulated time. So has the other character played by Kamal Sir. Both of us belonging to diverse backgrounds (I am sophisticated, he is from the worker class) try to outsmart each other. That is the gist of the story."

The film has been shot at Chennai, Pollachi, Visakhapatnam and in the Karnataka-Tamil Nadu border.

He dismisses allegations that Anbe Sivam is inspired by Face Off.

Is the film being dubbed into Telugu? "May be, I'm not sure," says Madhavan. One hopes though, that its Telugu version, if not for Sankranthi at a later date gets released.

Working with his idol was "an academic experience - a great learning one on and off the sets, while he was performing. I was fortunate to work with a legend."

In fact, Madhavan feels happy to have worked with two giants - Mani Ratnam and Kamal Hassan at the beginning of his career.

"The experience has been overwhelming and humbling. It is much more than what I expected," he adds.

His forthcoming projects include Priyamaana Tozhi (with Jyothika and Sreedevi directed by Vikraman), Nala Damayanti (directed by Mouli) and a few untitled projects with Gautam Menon, Vikram Kumar and Linguswamy.

He is happy with the way his career is shaping up. "I have no complaints. In fact I did not anticipate this meteoric rise. I wanted a slow and steady growth. In the short period I have been here I have not received brickbats." When this star is not shooting he is busy with golf.

RADHIKA RAJAMANI

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